Grow Groups at The River are small groups of believers and pre-believers who meet together on a regular basis.

The vision of Grow Groups is:

  • For the older in faith to disciple the younger.
  • For the purpose of iron sharpening iron, 
  • And to provide a family atmosphere where each individual can know and be known, love and be loved.

If you would like to join a Grow Group or have a question, please contact us through the form below.


    Pathways is a three-week class with the sole purpose of helping newcomers to get to know The River a little better. Connect, Grow, Produce. These are the three elements that we believe are vital to becoming a growing and thriving member of the Body of Christ. Our Pathways class offers the information and experiences necessary to help you discover and develop your redemptive purpose.

    CONNECT: This class is the basic introduction to our church family. Since we have members from many different church backgrounds, this class was designed to clearly explain who we are and what we believe. In this week, you will learn our heart, our Structure and our hope for you.

    GROW: Life-giving habits result from the simple disciplines of establishing a plan of action, making those actions a priority, and involving other people in the process. The goal of this class is to outline the building blocks of spiritual growth necessary to develop spiritual maturity and stay passionately in love with Jesus.

    PRODUCE: We believe that EVERY member has been uniquely gifted and called and that each member can become fitly joined to the body of Christ by serving in the areas of their gifting and calling. This segment of study is focused on helping new members define that gift and call and to introduce the ministry opportunities available at The River. Serving is often where we find ourselves the most fulfilled and it is also when we are the most like Christ.

    Pathways Classes for all NEW MEMBERS start Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Classes will be held during service.


    Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
    Children’s Ministry
    Lindsay Williams (740) 974-2036
    Cleaning Ministry
    Cindy Teagarden (740) 590-4977
    Tina Gang (740) 808-0116
    Events Coordinator
    Lindsay Bishop (740) 974-2036
    Greeter Ministry
    Dick Evans (740) 743-2268
    Hands of the River
    Lindsay Bishop (740) 974-2036
    Healing Ministry
    Mike & Cindy Teagarden (740) 517-1640
    Helps Ministry
    Dave Kiner (614) 266-1251
    Jim Lipka (740) 503-3226
    Media & Sound Ministry
    Jim Gang (740) 215-9029
    Men’s Ministry
    Paul Bishop (740) 974-6172
    Don & Christine Gallagan (614) 402-9791
    Prison Ministry
    Tim & Ginger Reed (740) 582-0825
    Bill & Barb Letner (614) 295-4260
    Praise Team
    Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
    Prayer Team
    Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
    Small Group Coordinators
    Jim & Tina Gang (740) 808-0116
    Dick & Jeannette Evans (740) 743-2268
    Mike & Cindy Teagarden (740) 517-1640
    Sports Coordinator
    Kenny Hurst (740) 438-4667
    Bryan Letner (614) 554-4833
    Ushering Team
    Jim Lipka (740) 503-3226
    Bob Hosler (740) 274-9290
    Women’s Ministry
    Jeri Kiner (740) 746-8075
    Young Adults
    Mark & Stephanie Howes (740) 654-7017
    Dave & Jeri Kiner (614) 266-1251
    Rod & Debbie Williams (740) 974-0881
    Rocky and Penni Robbins 740-503-9307
    Jack & Betsy Schumacher (740) 689-9087


    The subject of water baptism in the scriptures is probably one of the most studied, yet the least understood of all the doctrines of the New Testament Church. We modern day Christians tend to complicate the simple in order to impress others. The goal of this booklet is to simplify the concept of baptism so that anyone who is thirsty for a relationship with Jesus Christ would be able to
    follow and obey what He has commanded.